IE 8 RTM expected in the week of March 16, 2009

TechARP reported earlier that Microsoft will finalize its IE 8 RTM schedule on March 5 and the RTM version of IE 8 will be released during the final 2 weeks of March. Now TechARP has reiterated the dates a bit. According to the latest update by TechARP, Microsoft will RTM IE 8 in the week of March 16, 2009. The specific RTM date for the IE 8 will be announced in the week of March 9, 2009. TechARP is not sure whether this announcement would be a public announcement, or an internal one.

IE 8 is currently in RC1 and reached its RTM milestone on the 21st of February. Microsoft has already replied to speculations on the RTM dates of IE 8 that it is deliberate in its approach to releasing new products & feels strongly obliged to its customers to do so in a responsible manner to ensure they get the safest & most reliable product possible.

To know more about IE 8 browser, you can read Neowin's review of IE 8 for Windows 7 and overview of the IE 8 compatibility list.

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Now this is a little of track, but ..... Windows 7 .... if it as Neowin has said goes RC on the 10th of April we could see it go RTM in May or June. If you use the same time period as IE8 from RC to RTM.

If I remember correctly IE7 went RTM a few months before Vista did. So it would make sense if IE8 goes RTM in April, and Windows 7 follows it in June-July.

I used to be a programmer and I still don't understand how they can say the product reached the RTM milestone if that version is not "Released To Manufacturers". Wouldn't a more accurate description be pre-RTM build or post-RC1 build.

IE 8 is faster than IE7 for sure... But maybe they need a whole knew rewrite from scratch instead of using the base code from Mosiac browser to the latest iteration we see today.

Microsoft bought the Mosiac code from Illinois University which at the time wasn't complete and developed I.E.
Marc Andreeson and fellow developers were the guys who built the Mosiac browser and code and which later spawned Netscape/Firefox and I.E.

Watch this video of Marc Andreeson on Charlie Rose talking about his work in the industry and he explains how the first browser started while he was a student at Illinois U.

i'm a developer as well and i like the fact that i don't need to make anything special to get my sites working in ie anymore. same standards everywhere. hope to see 8.5 very soon with css3.

IE8 is better in standards, but it just isn't the same. It's very sensitive to table widths for example. In Firefox it just overlaps the other row, like Opera and Chrome. In IE8 it extends the table so the layout gets messed up. It also has some zindex problems as well..And the min-height/min-width doesn't seem to work?

Jugalator said,
CSS3? How about DOM and JavaScript compliance first... :)

And proper support for XHTML.

Internet Explorer 8 is still miles behind all of the other major browsers.

CalumJR said,
And proper support for XHTML.

Internet Explorer 8 is still miles behind all of the other major browsers.

IE doesn't have any support for XHTML, which is why I use HTML 4 when I get to choose the standards used.

I think it's a horrible browser. I develop websites, and I'm very frustated that we, again, need to make lots of css changes to get a website to work. The compatibillity mode is a real must, but isn't emulating IE7 completly though. I have some issues on IE8 that are not there in IE7, and yes, this is in compatibillity mode. I admit it are very small visual issues, but they are there :)

Also, this is just getting out of control. Where does it stop? They should either forbid IE6/IE7 and just go on with one browser, or promise this is the last changed engine btw, did you know min-height has issues like IE6 when IE8 is in native mode? Thats just insane and prehistoric. I decided to go with IE7 compatibillity on all my sites, I don't even bother to make websites for IE8 native, if I do I need to make like 4 CSS styles for one website, and IE7 mode is fine by me..

Changes still happen between RC and RTM.

Unfortunalty its a chicken and egg situation. Their is a hell of a lot of companies using IE6 as they have older custom web software written for it. This allows Microsoft to head towards a more web compliance browser while allowing older legacy applications to still work.

When it hits RTM we will see how well it works but its going to take a long time before sites start transitioning over. Eventually you will only need to create one site rather than the mess of having to hack round individual browsers quirks.